Democrats Capture Senate Seat In Georgia Runoff

Written by on December 7, 2022

US President Joe Biden celebrated the strengthening of his party’s majority in the Senate on Tuesday after Democrat Raphael Warnock was declared the winner of a runoff election in Georgia.

The incumbent senator defeated Republican Herschel Walker, a former football star and protege of former president Donald Trump, according to projections by television networks.

Warnock’s win confirms the very slim Democratic majority — 51 to 49 — in the upper house of Congress.

The Republicans took back the House last month but with a much smaller majority than expected.

Warnock, 53, and Walker, 60, both African American, faced voters after neither earned more than 50 percent in the November 8 midterm vote.

Democrats retained control of the Senate in that vote with 50 seats, Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote giving them the edge in the 100-seat chamber.

Warnock’s win significantly curbs the power of centrist Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who has already blocked several major Biden initiatives in the first two years of the president’s term.

With 700 days to go before the 2024 presidential election, Republicans hope to stymie Biden’s momentum after his party performed much better than expected in November.

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